PROOF 32 – The Future of Food

Hello Reader,

I’ve been thinking a lot about our – NOW – responsibility for the things we share in the pages of PROOF. We do our best to make sure that the articles we post are truthful and lead to a thriving future for humanity, the heart of our purpose.  Yet, if we were to take a hard look at almost any article, company, film or podcast here, I am sure we would discover shortcomings. That likely is human nature.

Not only is it hard to assess the projects and ideas of others, it is also a hard challenge to say what thriving would look like, or better said, what the numerous possible successful versions of thriving might look like. So rather than tell you what thriving is, we simply show things that point in that direction. 

The Buddha said,

“A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon.”

Likewise an article in PROOF points at thriving and is not thriving.  Following the Buddha’s teaching here: Don’t look at the finger or you will miss the moon. Don’t think the finger is the moon.  And realize that although we don’t really know what the moon is we can move towards it and as we do, it will become clearer.

This week in PROOF 32 we look at the future of food with some stories, films and companies who are pointing the way.  Food is an incredibly personal topic. It seems that there are a million different philosophies on the food we grow and eat and that they all claim to be the one true way of food.

Regardless of your philosophy of food, there is a shift in perspective that we feel is fundamental to the shift we need to make in regard to how we grow our food and the food by which we nourish ourselves and that is to move beyond seeing ourselves as separate from our ecosystems.  You’ve heard it said that:


This has a common sense clarity. We all know it to be true. And yet we eat all kinds of things we might not want to “be”. If we break this down a little further even if we believe this statement, there is still a separation, a dualism between the food and the one eating the food, “I”. If we are what we eat then there is no distinction between me and what I eat. 

Extending this further we come to, You are “the land/ecosystem that produces the food” you eat. And ultimately we get to:

You are the Earth!

Given all that, it’s time that we reconsider the way we grow and eat our food. Fortunately for us there are a number of large movements exploring what the future of food will look like. You can participate by getting involved with food production, waste reduction and sustainable and regenerative growing practices.

We hope you enjoy this weeks PROOF.  Please share it with your friends.

Join us in generating the future of food!

Michael Shaun Conaway
& The NOW Team

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Proof 32 – The Future of Food

In the News:

What We’re Watching : The Need to Grow

In a race against the end of farmable soil, three individuals fight for change in the industry of agricultural food production, calling for a revolution.
“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.

And, if that’s not enough, The Need to Grow is one of 8 Must-Watch New Sustainable Agriculture Documentaries as compiled by the New York City Food Policy Center.  Check out the entire list here.

What We’re Reading – The Zero Waste Chef

There is an enormous amount of waste in our food systems.  Now, there is some guidance about what we all can do to reduce the amount of food waste.

In her debut book, Anne-Marie Bonneau gives us the facts to motivate us to do better, the simple (and usually free) fixes to ease us into wasting less–you can, for example, banish plastic wrap by simply inverting a plate over your leftovers–and, finally, the recipes and strategies to turn us into more sustainable, money-saving cooks.

What We’re Listening to –  Down To Earth – The Planet to Plate Podcast

Listen to a discussion with Jesse Smith, director of stewardship at the White Buffalo Land Trust, discussing designing agricultural systems that improve as they age.

Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, the podcast focuses on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions.

May this information inspire you to generate a thriving future for humanity and a thriving life for yourself. For more resources please check out our Podcast and Youtube channel.

-The Now Team

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